Delicious Pumpkin smoothie-Tastes like pie filling!

This is my new favoroite post workout lunch snack. It’s quick to whip up in the magic bullet and since it’s lactose-free, it’s a regret free way to get my pumpkin fix. This is delicious, but it can be modified by using a different type of milk, a sugar substitute, or adding whey protein! Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A, and since I’m a photographer with deteriorating eyesight and an aversion to carrots, this shake is key. Delicious for Thanksgiving or Halloween morning :)

1/14 cup pure pumpkin
3 Ice cubes
1/2 cup soy
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 1/4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Dash of powdered ginger
Allspice
Nutmeg
Cinnamon

Remember dirt and worm cakes from when you were young? They were my favorite, since I was a bit of a tomboy. I remember carefully cutting out a recipe from the newspaper and sticking it to our refrigerator when I was about 7 or 8 right before my birthday, with the express hope of my mother making this for me.
Thought nothing of them until I wanted to make a going away cake for a friend, but I knew she hated cake. Ice cream cake then, but then I thought to myself “What would I have liked when I was 4…” because she can easily identify with this age group. Then it occurred to me that everyone should experience the joy of this cake.  I “stealthily” asked her at work what her favourite type of ice cream was. Caramel or ones with stuff in them. My favourites too.
I modified it into mini cakes because of a shortage of forks and plates, or really just no desire to wash that many forks and plates. I then made it more epic desert time with the end result being a shortbread cookie base made with this recipe baked and then cooled then on top we put a dollop of dolce de leche spread followed by toffee crunch iceream, and then sprinkled crushed Oreos on top. Top with worms and voila! 
A side note, they take a while to refreeze and gummy worms can be surprisingly hard to find.
They were ridiculously delicious. Trust. I ate probably at least 12 and I’m lactose intolerant so… High-res

Remember dirt and worm cakes from when you were young? They were my favorite, since I was a bit of a tomboy. I remember carefully cutting out a recipe from the newspaper and sticking it to our refrigerator when I was about 7 or 8 right before my birthday, with the express hope of my mother making this for me.

Thought nothing of them until I wanted to make a going away cake for a friend, but I knew she hated cake. Ice cream cake then, but then I thought to myself “What would I have liked when I was 4…” because she can easily identify with this age group. Then it occurred to me that everyone should experience the joy of this cake.  I “stealthily” asked her at work what her favourite type of ice cream was. Caramel or ones with stuff in them. My favourites too.

I modified it into mini cakes because of a shortage of forks and plates, or really just no desire to wash that many forks and plates. I then made it more epic desert time with the end result being a shortbread cookie base made with this recipe baked and then cooled then on top we put a dollop of dolce de leche spread followed by toffee crunch iceream, and then sprinkled crushed Oreos on top. Top with worms and voila! 

A side note, they take a while to refreeze and gummy worms can be surprisingly hard to find.

They were ridiculously delicious. Trust. I ate probably at least 12 and I’m lactose intolerant so…

My two best friends and I decided to have our own beer fest. Grilling up the kebabs, corn and avocados. Tommy on the BBQ! I just love corn 11:32 and Team Awesome has finished all 14 beers and is hitting the town.

So this summer, two friends and I set out to maximize summer life in Toronto for the month of August, before we were all claimed my real-life responsibilities. We put lots of fun things on our list, but one of the best evenings of the summer was definitly Beer Fest. We had originally all been busy during actual Toronto Beer Fest, so we decided that all we really needed for beer fest was different beers we’ve never tried and some delicious BBQ. Done. $25 each for lots and lots of beer and food also hurt our student pocketbooks a little less. 

However, we did not simply want to try the beers! Juan and I are huge beer nuts so we did up some pretty detailed notes. They are a little silly, but we think they describe the beer flavors in layman’s terms. 

A special thanks to Sophia for her input and tolerance for 4 hours of beer talk.

Team Awesome Awesome Beer Fest 2012 Notes:

Red Racer IPA-6.5%
Tastes like Black Oak Pale Ale. Very hoppy, notes of Carmel.

Nickelbrook Headstock IPA-7%
Quite dark, strong hops taste. Mellower than Red Racer, but stronger aftertaste. 

Sam’l Smith Organic Raspberry Fruit Ale-5.1%
Looks like cherry coke, and does not taste like beer. That carbonation is out of this world! Tastes like champagne fruit juice. 

Golden Crafter Ale-4.2%
Ok. Lighter, smooth, nice color, got no microform Yo! 

Erdinger Weissbier-5.3%
Sophia likes this one! Wheat beer, not a sharp taste. More sweet that citrus. Low maintenance. 

Pugnacious Pale Ale-4.5%
Coppery taste. Medium hops. Not very carbonated. Medium body. 

Green Tea Ale Great Lakes Brewery-4.2% 
Tastes like water, hoodwinked by a fancy bottle. 

Tenants Lager-5%
Lager good flavor for a lager. Low maintenance. Thumbs up. 

Dead Elephant India Pale Ale-6.8%
Frozen. Must try again. Juan loves this shit

KLB Raspberry Beer-4.5%
Juan says yummy! Lighter raspberry flavor than the Sam’l Smith.

Hogsback brewing company-5.2%
It’s a lager. 

New Morning-5.8%
Low carbonation, everyone likes it. Fruity Sophia’s fav. Light body, and acidic aftertaste. 

Barking Squirrel-5%
Awesome. Fucking awesome as always.

Aecht Schlemterla Rauchbier Marzen-5.1%
Tastes like bacon… Double smoked bacon! Tastes like hickory sticks/fuck yeah!

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout-5.2%
Perfectly desert. So chocolate. Soooo good. 

See you next summer!